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The DIY Summernats reportage

By johnboy - 5 January 2009 73

[First filed: January 02, 2009 @ 08:57]

Summernats 2009 has, it seems, commenced.

So dear reader what Summernats experiences have you had this year?

Good, bad, indifferent, just leave them all in the comments. But make sure they’re about this year, and not ancient history.

If you’ve got pictures email them in to images@the-riotact.com

UPDATED: Thank to Hidiho for the picture he took yesterday.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The radio reports Chic Henry was caught doing 77 in a special Summernats 40km zone. Somehow he drove away with a warning.

Further UPDATE: Slideshow provided by NFP below:

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The DIY Summernats reportage
Gazza74 2:27 pm 02 Jan 09

I have to agree with Duke. It seems many Canberrans (and probably non-Canberrans) believe that Summernats is the cause of harrassment and sexual assault. I don’t believe this is the case. Yes, some women attend Summernats and are subjected to abuse. But like Duke points out the same happens at many other places, possibly even on a greater scale. Attend a rock concert. Stand in amongst the crowd close to the stage and see how many women, or in some cases girls, are assulted. Why do we never read about this sort of thing?

I doubt banning alcohol will help much either. Log in to an internet chat room where a teenage girl is on webcam. Do you really think the hundreds of men and boys asking her to expose herself are all drunk? If a person does not have any respect for others, keeping them sober is not going to make any sort of difference.

Each year these discussions come up and everyone acts as though women would be free of assult and harrassment if not for Summernats. These crimes occur every day. Unfortunately most of them go unreported.

Duke 1:48 pm 02 Jan 09

No, sepi, you need to read again what I said. I have already stated that harassment of women is unacceptable, whatever the place or situation.

What I object to is people who single out Summernats but who, in all their arguments, make no mention of the commonplace harassment that exists at many other venues and public spaces.

Pandy 1:45 pm 02 Jan 09

Ahem, yesterdays paper

sepi 1:26 pm 02 Jan 09

So….harrassment of women at Summernats is fine cos they get harrassed at all sporting events and nightclubs and should be used to it??

Anyway, I’ve never heard anyone say they got so harrassed at a nightclub they’re never going out again. Yet plenty of women won’t go to Summernats. From today’s paper:

“And each year I go, I am hassled.

Not by the car owners. They are the perfect picture of polite enthusiast, explaining and re-explaining, if need be the work they have done to their cars.

It is the 30-something-year-old male patrons, sunburnt and drunk, who think whenever they see a woman they can make lewd and crude comments, and try to grope her behind.

It is like they see Summernats as a chance to unleash their inner bogan for the weekend free of any kind of reprimand.

The cars are a mere backdrop to the boozing and breast-watching. Any woman at Summernats surely couldn’t be there because she likes cars, she must have a burning desire to rip her shirt off. All we have to do is hound her and humiliate her enough.

Last year a male friend had to step in front of me as a particularly drunk and semi-clothed man repeatedly grabbed at me to be in a photo with him, despite polite refusals.

The result? Getting spat at and a being called a string of expletives ending in ”stuck-up bitch”.

It was 3pm.”

Pommy bastard 1:07 pm 02 Jan 09

Duke said :

BerraBoy – harassment of women is never acceptable, but the girls who parade around Summernats wearing bikinis and flashing their breasts from the back of utes, you don’t think they’re inviting wolf whistles and cheers from the boys?

I witnessed the very thing happening the other day! A young lady in a car, was kind enough to expose her breasts to a group of passing boys; “Thank you,” they cried in unison, “we deeply respect your ability to be proud if your mammary glands, and think no less of your intellectual or other prowess for doing so. We would genuinely like to engage with you in a non threatening environment, in order to get to know you as a person”

Very heartening I found it.

Nambucco Deliria 1:05 pm 02 Jan 09

The horror! the horror!!! exterminate all the brutes!

Duke 12:56 pm 02 Jan 09

For the love of God, Sepi, get some perspective. Go to Civic on a Friday night or weekend, or a League match, or a one-day cricket match, or any nightclub and check out the harassment of women.

sepi 12:28 pm 02 Jan 09

One percent of tens of thousands of women harrassed is still hundreds of women harrassed – and this stat comes from within Summernats, so it is probably much higher.

And I somehow doubt they are counting the flashing bikini wearers as being harrassed.

Still – so far so good in teh surrounding suburbs this year.

Duke 12:17 pm 02 Jan 09

BerraBoy – harassment of women is never acceptable, but the girls who parade around Summernats wearing bikinis and flashing their breasts from the back of utes, you don’t think they’re inviting wolf whistles and cheers from the boys?

BerraBoy68 12:04 pm 02 Jan 09

gun street girl said :

There’s another article in today’s edition, this time from a bloke who markets Summernats. Apparently only a small minority of women (1% of “tens of thousands”) who attend Summernats will attract unwanted harrassment. I’d love to know where his stats come from!

Or how he defines ‘unwanted harassment’ as opposed to the wanted type. Perhaps he’s one of the ‘she was dressed as a tart so she must have wanted/deserved it’ brigade.

fabforty 12:02 pm 02 Jan 09

I live in Watson and am in a pretty good/bad (depending on your viewpoint) position to view Summernats. So far, it has been quite tolerable. Other than the smoke from the burnouts yesterday, things have been OK. Mind you, things generally start to get bad from this afternoon onwards.

gun street girl 11:55 am 02 Jan 09

ant said :

There’s an intriguing article in today’s CT by one of their reporters, who did up her own car with her dad, and who outlines why she doesn’t go to the ‘nats, because of the booze and anti-female culture.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/louts-ruin-summernats-for-all/1397935.aspx?storypage=0

If no-grog day is successful (and Missalli’s comments above suggest that it was), there’ll be more pressure for grog and strip shows to be dispensed with altogether.

There’s another article in today’s edition, this time from a bloke who markets Summernats. Apparently only a small minority of women (1% of “tens of thousands”) who attend Summernats will attract unwanted harrassment. I’d love to know where his stats come from!

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/unfair-bias-against-car-lovers/1398415.aspx?storypage=0

Serendipity 10:56 am 02 Jan 09

I hear that his royal summnernat highness, Mr Chic Henry, leads by example (NOT) by being caught speeding on New Years Day near the Summernats venue at Epic. 30K+ over the limit as I hear it. If the organiser, who brags of a safe and family friendly event is not responsible enough himself to do the right thing, what chance do we have of others being sensible. As I understand it, 30k + means four points off his licence, doubled to eight at this time of the year. I wonder if Mr Henry will now have to walk? No Mr Henry, you and your event are not above the law. It was thug security guards last year and your irresponsible driving this year that leaves a sour taste in my and many other Canberran mouths.

ant 10:48 am 02 Jan 09

There’s an intriguing article in today’s CT by one of their reporters, who did up her own car with her dad, and who outlines why she doesn’t go to the ‘nats, because of the booze and anti-female culture.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/louts-ruin-summernats-for-all/1397935.aspx?storypage=0

If no-grog day is successful (and Missalli’s comments above suggest that it was), there’ll be more pressure for grog and strip shows to be dispensed with altogether.

missalli 10:28 am 02 Jan 09

I took the kids(8,7 and 4) yesterday to see what this “demo day” was all about and I must admit, we had a fantastic day.

The kids were given a ride in a couple of really decent cars, the drivers all had impeccable manners.Highlight of the day for them.

I found that the general behaviour of the crowd was also outstanding. No boobs, nor any chanting for boobs-although some of the little girls in there needed clothing donations,bit sparse.

All in all, if this alcohol free day continues, I will take the kids every year.

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